Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Road to Asheville (Feb. 18, 2016)

Only four games are scheduled for Thursday night, as Chattanooga and Furman has the night off.

ETSU (17-10, 10-4 SoCon)  at  The Citadel (10-17, 3-11 SoCon)    6 pm    ESPN3
The third place Bucs travel to the South Carolina low country to meet the eight place Bulldogs in McAlister Field House. ETSU is 6-8 on the road this season, and are coming off a home win over the Catamounts, while the Citadel is 5-6 on the home court and are in a five game losing skid. ETSU won the first meeting in Johnson City and should pick up a two point win in Charleston.

Western Carolina (11-16, 6-8 SoCon)  at  Mercer (18-9, 8-6 SoCon)    7 pm    ESPN3
Back on the road, the Cats travel to middle Georgia to meet the Bears in Hawkins Arena. Western Carolina won the first game earlier this season in Cullowhee. The Cats are only 1-14 on the road this season, while the Bears are 11-1 on their home floor, with their only home loss to the first place Mocs. Western is coming off a road loss at ETSU, while the Bears are on a three game losing streak since that loss to Chattanooga. Mercer senior Jestin Lewis and sophomore Desmond Ringer have been suspended from the Bears basketball team for four games, and it doesn't  look likely that they will return this season. The Cats are looking for that second road win of the season, and I think will find it in Macon on Thursday, Cats win by 4 points.

VMI (7-17, 2-11 SoCon)  at  Chattanooga (23-4, 12-2 SoCon)   7 pm     SDN
In this game, it's the last place team visiting the first place team, as the Keydets travel to Chattanooga to play the Mocs. The Keydets are 1-12 on the road while the home standing Mocs are a perfect 11-0 in the Roundhouse this season.  The Keydets are coming off a home victory last Thursday over UNCG, while the Mocs are coming off a road win over ETSU, and have won 10 of their last 11 games. Unfortunately, this has the makings of a blow-out, with a 20+ victory margin for the Mocs.

UNCG (10-17, 6-8 SoConn)  at  Samford (12-16, 3-12 SoCon)     8 pm     ESPN3
The Spartans travel to Birmingham to meet the Bulldogs in the Pete Hanna Center. UNCG comes into the game with a 1-13 road record, while Samford is 5-6 on their home court. The Spartans are off a home win over Wofford on Monday night, while the Bulldogs are off a two game losing skid. The Spartans lost to the Bulldogs by 8 points in Greensboro in late January and will be looking to return the favor to the Dogs on this visit, however I think the Samford wins at home by 8 points.

That's how we see them, what do you think?

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